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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 27.6 August 2016

Rural tree populations in England: historic character and future planting policy

By - Gerry Barnes, Toby Pillatt, Tom Williamson

Historians often bring a different perspective to ideas of landscape ecology. Here the authors show how the dominance of just three trees in the English farmed landscape is not a result of 'natural processes', but a deliberate economic choice made over centuries. 

For some conservation issues, it is useful to have an historical perspective in order to show how we arrived at a particular situation, and to provide some indication of where we should go from here. This is true especially of the current threats to our native tree populations coming from a range of new pests and diseases, and perhaps from climate change.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist